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Spaghetti Junction closures to be lifted over the weekend

Major roadworks are taking place at Spaghetti Junction this summer. Credit: ITV News Central

Highways England will be temporarily lifting some restrictions around Spaghetti Junction this weekend.

Drivers travelling to Birmingham will be able to join and leave the M6 at junction 6.

Major roadworks are taking place at Spaghetti Junction over the summer, which has resulted in speed restrictions and diversions.

Highways England has been able to lift some of the planned closures because of the good weather and additional concrete repairs that were completed last weekend.

However, some restrictions and lane closures will resume on Bank Holiday weekend, as the repair scheme enters its final stages.

Drivers travelling to Birmingham will be able to join and leave the M6 at junction 6. Credit: ITV News Central

We have been working around the clock to get this work done as quickly as we can.

As we have had some good weather in recent days, we no longer require the full weekend closure this weekend which is a welcome boost to motorists.

The final phase of the repair scheme is the really crucial part as we are putting down the waterproofing material.

We’d ask motorists to bear with us as we are working tirelessly to get this done asquickly as we can.

– Frank Bird, Emergency planning officer, Highways England
Some restrictions and lane closures will resume on Bank Holiday weekend. Credit: ITV News Central

Closures in place this weekend (18 to 20 August):

  • The middle lane will be closed for the duration of the work
  • 3 narrow lanes on A38(M) out of city
  • 2 narrow lanes on the A38(M) into city
  • No access to the A38(M) into city carriageway from Gravelly Hill or Tyburn Road from the 13 July (diversions and alternative routes will be signed)
  • 30mph speed limits will be in place during the day for the safety of the workforce
  • Park Circus on-slip will remain open
  • Salford Circus will remain open
  • Free recovery will be available

Closures in place next weekend (25 to 27 August):

  • M6 junction 6 southbound exit slip road closed to all traffic
  • Aston Expressway from Erdington closed southbound
  • M6 junction 6 northbound exit slip road closed to all traffic
  • Park Circus northbound entry slip closed
  • Aston Expressway (Dartmouth Circus) closed northbound
  • Aston Expressway (from city) closed northbound
  • No access to the A38(M) into city carriageway from Gravelly Hill or Tyburn Road from the 13 July (diversions and alternative routes will be signed)
Motorists have been advised to use alternative methods of transport. Credit: ITV News Central

There is also a similar but much larger scheme taking place on the M5 Oldbury viaduct between junctions one and two.

Local routes may be busier than usual so motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys.

Highways England anyone travelling around the Midlands to consider alternative options, such as using public transport.